The face of amateur bike racing was indelibly changed by the pandemic and ripples from the 2020 lockdown continue to affect many aspects of it. A number of USACycling sanctioned events have faded into the periphery as gravel rose to fill the void and, with it, many longtime running local events have either suffered lower turnouts or have withered away.
There were plenty of bright spots, however, as many longtime events returned: The Spring Fling, Perry Dam, Jesse Blancarte, Bazaar, Wednesday Night Worlds, Joules CX, the 360 Cup, Boulevard CX and the Kansas Grass Track. Several somewhat newer events also occurred: A Very Peculiar Criterium, the John Brown TT Series, Joules MTB and Meatball CX. Even with lower than normal turnouts, state championship events were held in Road, Track, Criterium and Cyclocross. (See this page for a full listing of 2022 results).
In 2022, we also honored three inductees into the Kansas Cycling Hall of Fame: Teresa Jarzemkoski, Mark Thomas and, posthumously, Paul Lichtenauer. Each offered a few words with Jon-Paul Shores honoring Mr. Lichtenauer and Paul’s longtime partner, Kim Larsen, accepting the award on his behalf. (Special thanks to Jesse Kadekawa Miguel for capturing the award photos).
KCA Calendar Coordinator Sam Loring is already working with promoters to design a robust road season in 2023. Thanks to all who raced, promoted, sponsored, supported, volunteered and officiated for making this season possible.
Ride On and Happy Holidays,